Le Mans organizer the ACO has ruled the bodywork on Audi's R15 legal after dismissing the protest lodged by Peugeot before yesterday's practice session.
The French manufacturer called for a clarification of the regulations after claiming that flaps and appendages fixed to the R15's front wings are in violation of the rule that parts of the bodywork cannot be fitted with the sole purpose of generating downforce.
The ACO last night threw out Peugeot's protest and released the following statement:
"The ACO has the discretionary power to deem whether or not the sole function of an element of bodywork is to generate downforce. It is based on this discretionary power of appreciation, compounded by the exclusive power it has to interpret the technical regulations as laid out in Article 18, that the ACO homologates the cars which take part in the events covered by its regulations."
Peugeot will now appeal to the FIA, as the team stated it would yesterday if the protest was not upheld by the stewards.
The ACO also announced that it will, at the request of the manufacturers, hold a meeting at the end of June for technical directors and design engineers to discuss the regulations for 2010 and 2011.